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by Stan Y.
January 23rd, 2020, 11:41 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Kitchen Scale Recommendation
Replies: 3
Views: 144

Re: Kitchen Scale Recommendation

I've had an Escali for many years. The most used appliance in my kitchen. Highly recommended.
by Stan Y.
January 13th, 2020, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 189
Views: 10091

Re: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

I must have gotten a bad batch or something; I threw out a 12-pack recently because they didn't work for my use case (drink 2/3 bottle over 3 hour period, insert stopper).
by Stan Y.
January 13th, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipper recommendations to Ky from Cali please
Replies: 9
Views: 522

Re: Shipper recommendations to Ky from Cali please

If you're within a couple of hours drive from a less restrictive state, have it sent hold-for-pickup to Fedex Office once you've reached critical mass. But I guess then you're breaking some different law :-).
by Stan Y.
December 26th, 2019, 7:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recommend Some Caviar
Replies: 14
Views: 952

Re: Recommend Some Caviar

Caviar is not my thing but these folks are local to me, their product is in the farmers market, and they say they produce the only domestic true Osetra - https://thecaviarfarm.com/. I can't imagine it being any fresher than this.
by Stan Y.
December 25th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cinnamon Ice Cream.
Replies: 12
Views: 508

Re: Cinnamon Ice Cream.

Try replacing the cinnamon with cardamom, I like that even better.
by Stan Y.
December 24th, 2019, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 red burgundy premier cru..... sucks
Replies: 69
Views: 5678

Re: 2008 red burgundy premier cru..... sucks

Mugnier NSG Clos de la Marechale was hard , tight and lacked sweetness . It's the only one listed that I have, so I tried the first one since release tonight. This is exactly how a small pour tasted on opening, but I slow-ox'ed for four hours, then it was quite approachable and just lovely. It's li...
by Stan Y.
December 8th, 2019, 5:14 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Italy (Rome/Florence/Venice) - June 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 2025

Re: Italy (Rome/Florence/Venice) - June 2020

Whatever you do plan in terms of visiting the popular tourists site. Plan WAAY in advance. We were in Florence in early July and like most of Europe it was packed. The tour guide will help immensely if they can help you avoid lines. I get having to go to Europe in the summer because of kids (that's...
by Stan Y.
December 4th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 64
Views: 4705

Re: Costco $550 Belota Iberico

Has anyone done business with https://hamlovers.com? Several things there are in the same price range and less, and since I generally avoid nitrate/nitrite cured meats I'm intrigued by the Montaraz there which is just pig and sea salt (and for which Betty gives an apparent thumbs-up :-)).
by Stan Y.
December 2nd, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday Deals
Replies: 78
Views: 7720

Re: Black Friday Deals

Zachys has some very good Cyber Monday deals buried in amongst the large number of "we're reducing our price to 20% above our nearest competitor" offers. I'm trying to avoid any wine purchases this month but I couldn't resist browsing. Picked up a case of '15 Evesham Wood Puits Sec at a very nice c...
by Stan Y.
November 28th, 2019, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 6079

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

2008 Trimbach Frederic Emile
2009 Gonon Olivieres (blanc)
2018 Arnot-Roberts Trousseau
2010 Domaine Ramonet CM Clos St Jean (rouge)
Whole Foods' house Loire cremant rose for my non-wine-geek in-laws
by Stan Y.
November 28th, 2019, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting recent experience at a restaurant that allowed corkage...
Replies: 33
Views: 2099

Re: Interesting recent experience at a restaurant that allowed corkage...

I wish every waiter would let me pour my own wine. Typically they pour every glass too full, and keep on refilling as fast as the wine is consumed. Yes! The next question is, is their glassware half decent? If so, I'd be exceptionally pleased. Even without wine service I'd tip as though I bought th...
by Stan Y.
November 28th, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Henri Jouan flagship wine?
Replies: 11
Views: 860

Re: Henri Jouan flagship wine?

YLee wrote:
November 27th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Do you guys like the Sorbes?
I've sometimes seen the CSD only 50 bucks more e.g. $200 vs $150, a no-brainer at that point. Different equation if it's 2 for the price of 1.
by Stan Y.
November 27th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Jadot Gevrey Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 2015: Drink now or hold ?
Replies: 14
Views: 629

Re: Louis Jadot Gevrey Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 2015: Drink now or hold ?

I stopped buying in 2010 but have cellared more of this than any other wine, and still have '93 and '97, which are just becoming enjoyable now, at least to my taste. Unless it's already shutting down, for someone in their 70s I'd probably go ahead and open and enjoy for the big ripe vintage characte...
by Stan Y.
November 26th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best new dishwasher for stemware
Replies: 51
Views: 3537

Re: Best new dishwasher for stemware

A couple of 800-series Bosch are on half price sale at Lowes now, $550 and $625 for 42db vs 39db with fancier rack option. I had the idea that Miele was quite a bit more. Bosch doesn't get a lot of love here but I love my several year old 800, perfectly washes 6 Zalto Bordeaux glasses at a time. The...
by Stan Y.
November 25th, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 and 2017 Northern Rhone weekend. 2016 Xavier Gerard Landonne 2016 Allemand Reynard etc
Replies: 24
Views: 1837

Re: 2016 and 2017 Northern Rhone weekend. 2016 Xavier Gerard Landonne 2016 Allemand Reynard etc

Enabler...inspired me to pick up '16 Allemand and '15 Jamet after swearing off of both following the price run-up.
by Stan Y.
November 19th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Truffles 2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1590

Re: Truffles 2019

How'd you get $10 shipping? They're $120 + $24 shipping for me :-).
by Stan Y.
November 18th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Costco $550 Belota Iberico
Replies: 64
Views: 4705

Re: Costco $550 Belota Iberico

I think my rankings, from best to worst, would be Eiriz, Montaraz, Joselito, Cinco Jotas, Arturo Sanchez, and Fermin. Haven't tried Covap yet. Wegmans has Fermin in the case at $99 a pound, which doesn't seem too bad for tasting quantities with no bone and the fat removed. Even though dead last, it...
by Stan Y.
October 16th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines
Replies: 64
Views: 6020

Re: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines

Chris Seiber wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 4:47 pm
I think we've all experienced this
Like a wine not tasting quite as good after you buy a case as it did when you tried it before buying.
by Stan Y.
October 16th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party
Replies: 42
Views: 1635

Re: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party

Dinesh Goyal wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 7:48 am
any recommendations for Zinfandel and GSM that are slightly light on their feet (ie < 15% ABV)
http://mariettacellars.com/shop#old-vine-red, unless you're trying to impress the boss.
by Stan Y.
October 10th, 2019, 6:06 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Italy (Rome/Florence/Venice) - June 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 2025

Re: Italy (Rome/Florence/Venice) - June 2020

Da Francesco had bottles of DRC sitting on the shelf in the back when we were there. Wine list not inexpensive compared with some other places but 20-something euro Braida barbera very user friendly and reasonable. Thanks to everyone who posted recos over the last few years.
by Stan Y.
October 10th, 2019, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1220
Views: 66791

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

25% tariff next week is a good way to rationalize ordering some good raw milk cheese this week! :-) Here's what the Fedex driver just brought.
by Stan Y.
October 4th, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Italy (Rome/Florence/Venice) - June 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 2025

Re: Italy (Rome/Florence/Venice) - June 2020

For me and my wife and two teenagers, this apartment in Rome - Argentina Luxury Terrace - was pretty awesome and very centrally located. Just a couple of blocks away from the Rochioli places too.

https://www.vrbo.com/1844805ha
by Stan Y.
September 19th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban Vieille Serine Domaine de Pergaud
Replies: 17
Views: 1007

Re: TN: 2010 Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban Vieille Serine Domaine de Pergaud

Is he still making it? I have casually watched for 2015 and 2016 but no luck so far, the St.-Julien en St.-Alban (not vieille serine Domain Pergaud) shows up on WS.
by Stan Y.
September 8th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Italy, -Florence, SML and Tuscany
Replies: 7
Views: 1831

Re: Eating and Drinking in Italy, -Florence, SML and Tuscany

We did the same thing as you Fred in mid August when we took our kids to Italy. A lot of recommendations in previous posts here went directly into Google Maps, and since August is a really terrible time to plan a trip around destination-eating (something like 80 or 90 percent of the places you'd pla...
by Stan Y.
August 24th, 2019, 4:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please Help me Navigate this Massive Wine List -- Roscioli Restaurant in Rome
Replies: 56
Views: 2207

Re: Please Help me Navigate this Massive Wine List -- Roscioli Restaurant in Rome

Ate late lunch there our last day in Rome on Tuesday. The list they gave us had only Italian wines, with no older Produttori Barbaresco like that. If I'd seen this list I would have ordered 2001 Barthod 1er crus at 200. Definitely ask for the full list. On our version, the days of 68 euro Pergole To...
by Stan Y.
June 1st, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Question: Bottle List
Replies: 7
Views: 612

Re: Retailer Question: Bottle List

I asked the same question last year, received positive feedback, and have bought multiple times since. Good shop.
by Stan Y.
May 27th, 2019, 7:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Inexpensive coffee grinders?
Replies: 103
Views: 5673

Re: Inexpensive coffee grinders?

For press pots, pour-overs, etc. I wish there was a good alternative to a big Ditting or Mahlkonig store grinder that are so expensive and huge. I have a Virtuoso and I still get lots of fines, and it still makes a mess...no coarse-grinding nirvana in this price range. But my cheap little Bonavita m...
by Stan Y.
May 10th, 2019, 5:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: HORL - knife sharpener - Made in Germany
Replies: 41
Views: 3349

Re: HORL - knife sharpener - Made in Germany

The magnets which hold the blade to the block also help hold the sharpening surface of the cylinder evenly against the blade?

There's a 25% coupon on Amazon for this.
by Stan Y.
March 13th, 2019, 6:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Laundry reservation tips/tricks?
Replies: 9
Views: 1149

Re: French Laundry reservation tips/tricks?

This isn't particularly helpful advice, but the more I eat out at best-of-best places the less tolerance I have for impossible reservations; for example I worked really hard unsuccessfully to get to n/naka last time I was out in LA and now have just about zero interest in eating there now, regardles...
by Stan Y.
March 13th, 2019, 6:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite Instant Pot recipes?
Replies: 109
Views: 6092

Re: Favorite Instant Pot recipes?

Very good info. My Zoji is so old they no longer make replacement parts for it and the battery is deader than Monty Python’s parrot, but it still makes great rice. Hahaha same here, and dead battery means an unstoppably annoying rendition of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star". Alan we'll try the chicken...
by Stan Y.
March 13th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Olive Oil -- It's Here, It's Here!
Replies: 129
Views: 12635

Re: Olive Oil -- It's Here, It's Here!

Robert I buy RWC oil year in and year out, ever since Ed Behr wrote them up years and years ago. I'm up to 15 bottles a year now, plus the olio nuovo. The three nuovo oils this year were excellent to outstanding so I have no qualms about the 2018 "vintage". They do a great job making selections rega...
by Stan Y.
February 7th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Louis Boillot - Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Cherbaudes (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nui
Replies: 2
Views: 194

Re: TN: 2009 Louis Boillot - Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Cherbaudes (France, Burgundy, Côte de Nui

How was the '13? Because this never shows up in retail around here, I'm having a bottle of the '13 sent with some other things I have coming to try the first time.
by Stan Y.
January 2nd, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 189
Views: 10091

Re: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

If you open a bottle (don’t finish) and reseal with a Repour I think the bottle could last up to a week depending upon the wine. We opened a young cab, poured a small amount, resealed with a repour. Went back to the wine 5 days later and the wine was pretty much the same as when it was first opened...
by Stan Y.
December 27th, 2018, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine store in NC (Raleigh, Durham, Apex)
Replies: 50
Views: 2018

Re: Wine store in NC (Raleigh, Durham, Apex)

Yong, you were posting on a different dim sum thread just now. There are two places I like here, Hong Kong in Durham and Brewery Bhavana in downtown Raleigh. Hong Kong is traditional and relatively inexpensive, BB is upscale, both good to very good. Also Great Grapes in Cary came up in a wine search...
by Stan Y.
December 26th, 2018, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy is dead at retail
Replies: 91
Views: 6846

Re: Burgundy is dead at retail

Good, someone else bought the last bottle of Coche Narvaux at Woodland Hills before I could lose my willpower :-).
by Stan Y.
December 26th, 2018, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy is dead at retail
Replies: 91
Views: 6846

Re: Burgundy is dead at retail

Alan, it is pretty much the same where I am, difficult to find even a modest selection of good Burgundy at nationally competitive pricing.
by Stan Y.
December 26th, 2018, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet 1er Clos St Jean
Replies: 15
Views: 491

Re: TN: 2013 Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet 1er Clos St Jean

Michael, you found my stash. Before the CSJ I must have gone through 2 or 3 cases of '13 Morgeot rouge from them at $39 a bottle. Just ordered my last six pack of CSJ since the cat is out of the bag, thanks for the heads-up. Please do post finds like this in the future since our tastes sound similar...
by Stan Y.
December 14th, 2018, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine store in NC (Raleigh, Durham, Apex)
Replies: 50
Views: 2018

Re: Wine store in NC (Raleigh, Durham, Apex)

The suggestions so far are good. Nathan and his partner Noel no longer run what was the best shop in the area for interesting French and Italian wines; I have the idea that real estate prices in downtown Durham have exceeded what would allow a wine shop to succeed there. But Rue Cler is a good resta...
by Stan Y.
December 11th, 2018, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best NYC Specialist Retail Stores
Replies: 52
Views: 3882

Re: Best NYC Specialist Retail Stores

There was one rare Montrachet in particular I used to buy from them- and I got 6 bottles of the 1994 vintage. When the 1995 came out, I was not even allowed a single bottle. I remember a very unpleasant conversation with, I believe, Geri at the time who pretty much laughed in my face and blew me of...
by Stan Y.
December 5th, 2018, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 189
Views: 10091

Re: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

I tried this on the 20% off sale, used it the first time two days ago, and am sampling the wine just now...2013 Ramonet Clos Saint-Jean rouge, absolutely delicious two days ago, and the result is pretty much the same as if I'd just left the bottle out on its own - noticeably oxidized. I had the bott...
by Stan Y.
October 29th, 2018, 11:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: D'Artagnan Flash Sale PSA
Replies: 28
Views: 1441

Re: D'Artagnan Flash Sale PSA

I'm pretty disappointed in the size of the tri-tip that arrived today, the website says average 2.5lbs, and the one I received is 1.75lbs, so 30% less than advertised. And they refunded the 30% difference with stated average weight for my order. If they had said 2lbs average and I received 1.75, it...
by Stan Y.
October 19th, 2018, 7:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: D'Artagnan Flash Sale PSA
Replies: 28
Views: 1441

Re: D'Artagnan Flash Sale PSA

Thanks Suzanne, I just did that. Good to know I'm not the only one like this. Very good result with it tonight though, very tender but not as intensely beefy as some of the better Baldwin Charolais tri-tips we get locally.
by Stan Y.
October 19th, 2018, 1:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: D'Artagnan Flash Sale PSA
Replies: 28
Views: 1441

Re: D'Artagnan Flash Sale PSA

I'm pretty disappointed in the size of the tri-tip that arrived today, the website says average 2.5lbs, and the one I received is 1.75lbs, so 30% less than advertised.
by Stan Y.
October 16th, 2018, 9:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: D'Artagnan Flash Sale PSA
Replies: 28
Views: 1441

Re: D'Artagnan Flash Sale PSA

Pretty decent deal on a wagyu tri-tip, got that with some duck products.
by Stan Y.
September 26th, 2018, 4:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Passionfish wines: Huet and Gonon, added Hirtzberger and 2016 Gonon
Replies: 93
Views: 5440

Re: Passionfish wines: Huet and Gonon

I guess everyone is too polite to say anything about the irony of some of the comments here :-).
by Stan Y.
August 1st, 2018, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine From Passing
Replies: 36
Views: 2261

Wine From Passing

Road trip. (Chicago or New York aren't that far away are they?)
by Stan Y.
July 22nd, 2018, 7:46 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: North Carolina (maybe South, too) beach rental reccs?
Replies: 37
Views: 1442

North Carolina (maybe South, too) beach rental reccs?

There was a chef on a recent season of Top Chef with James Beard nominations with a place in Wilmington. First name is Keith, but I can't recall the last name. Keith Rhodes, http://catchwilmington.com/ . Strip mall ambience, excellent seafood, decent wine there even. He has a similar affinity to Vi...

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